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Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. The Department, part of the Earth Sciences Program that includes the collocated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and climate earth sciences.

The department's research strengths are reinforced by strong collaborations leading to joint research topics with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Departments of the Environment and of Natural Resources, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the National Weather Service, the NOAA Satellite and Air Research Laboratories, all of which are located near the campus.

James Carton, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
Ross Salawitch and team publish “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope” illustrating optimistic climate future
Drawing momentum from the historic Paris Climate Treaty Agreement that took place in December 2015, Dr. Ross Salawitch and AOSC colleagues Dr. Tim Canty, Brian Bennett, Walt Tribett and Austin Hope recently published, “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope,” a book which analyzes the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions necessary to limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius. “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope,” illustrates this rise in global mean surface temperature is attainable as long as intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) of emissions are adhered to and propagated forward to the year 2060. The authors show that the Paris goals are possible through their development of a global climate model (EM-GC), which concluded GHGs must only follow the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP)-4.5 for the target warming to occur. This pathway is more optimistic and realistically attainable than what previous global climate models (GCMS) had prescribed countries must follow. The book concluded that current GCMS likely represented climate feedback in a manner that amplified the radiative forcing due to GHGs too strongly. Still, to achieve RCP 4.5 half of the world’s global energy must come from renewable sources by the year 2060. “This will require a large-scale transfer of technology and capital from the developed to the developing world,” said Salawitch.

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Posted on November 27, 2017
The 14th Annual Burgers Symposium

On November 15, 2017, AOSC once again showed our strong presence in fluid dynamics research at the Annual Burgers Symposium. Professor Fuqing Zhang of Penn State University gave the Burgers Lecture on “The -5/3' atmospheric energy spectra, and the ultimate limit of weather predictability.” Our own Professor Raghu Murtugudde on “Indian summer monsoon: natural variability or a portent of what is to come?” Four young scientists from AOSC presented their work in the poster Session: Yun Liu on "A Joint land Atmosphere Carbon Data Assimilation System"; Cory Martin on "Evaluation of High-Resolution WRF-Chem Simulation of CO2 in the Baltimore/Washington Area”; William Miller on "Simulating the Unusual Looping Track and Rapid Intensification of Hurricane Joaquin (2015)”; Nancy Qin on "Numerical Simulation of Rapid Intensifying Hurricane Patricia (2015)”.

Congratulations to William Miller who won the best poster award for CMNS!

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